Jan 11th 2010 6:01AM @Noah
You're quite right about the name Chaff not quite fitting the same guidelines as the rest, but I felt it a suitable name for both it's real world connotation (as Shassar pointed out) and it's harsh, dismissive tone.
Jan 10th 2010 10:09PM I've always found my best inspiration for character names comes from using the random name function at character select. I browse through many of the random names that blizzards system can come up with, taking note of how they construct the names for each of the different races and build from there. I've sometimes spent hours clicking through random names until I came up with a fitting name for the character/race. I do tend to use consonants fairly heavily.
Some of the ones I've made use of include:
Arlucian - Human Mage (M)
Amarose - Human Mage (F)
Julaa - Gnome Warlock (F)
Kaetar - Nelf Druid (M)
Diamos - Dwarf Priest (M)
Chaff - Undead Warlock (M)
Ruzka - Troll Hunter (M)
Garahu - Tauran Shaman (M)
Bnar - Tauran Druid (M)
Rohx - Orc Rogue (M)
Xandrael - Belf Warlock (F)
If anyone likes these names, feel free to make use of them :)
Dec 19th 2009 5:26PM It's be nice if Blizzard actually had some decent compatibility with their mobile authenticator, even popular/common phones are missing from the mobile authenticator compatibility list. Even better, how about blizzard releases a software version of the authenticator? They're easy to code and then anyone with a computer can be authenticated, none of this selective authentication bullshift they're throwing out as a guise for caring about account security.
Dec 19th 2009 8:05AM Best of luck for the future Mike, glad to have experienced your awesomeness.
Sep 18th 2009 7:42PM Get a USB powered cooling pad, basically just a base with fans in it that you put under your laptop to help disperse heat, best investment I ever made when I was using my macbook pro.
Sep 12th 2009 10:45AM Except for the other effect it would have; giving the hackers an easy to read list of potential social engineering targets.
Sep 7th 2009 12:50PM Colin, I understand your distress so allow me to alleviate some it for you.
Healing is thankless. From 1-80, you're not going to be expected to heal anything; those few players you work with aren't going to care what you do as long as you do it with minimal displayed capability.
Leveling can be a nightmare...if you're masochistic enough to try heal your way to 80, however solo questing while listening to music or podcasts with a half decent smite build or shadow spec will see you 80 before you know it.
Glorified whack-a-mole. Really, healing is like that, but some people like whack-a-mole a whole lot too.
Buff, buff and buff. 3.2.2 = Fort scrolls + others, all buffing classes(excepting certain cases) will essentially have all non-improved stationary buff utility nullified.
Some mind control required. Priests only have to do this once, ever. Suck it up.
Survivability is a question mark. Except for the fact that we have damage absorbing shields, heal over time and direct heal spells, aoe fear, fear ward, and any number of racial abilities.
First target. Hitting some battlegrounds or PvPing in general? If the opposition finds out you're on the other team, expect to attract some attention. If it feels as if though there's a giant, neon, flashing "kill me now" sign floating above your head with an arrow pointing downwards, it's a hunter. If you're playing one-man-army or standing still at the back healing, good luck. At least with a group you're alive a few seconds longer.
Where's the damage? At the top of the charts, along with every other class when played with the relevant amount of skill/knowledge/gear.
Chain Heal. The days of Circle of Healing dominance is over. Raid healing now requires more than one button. Rejoice! Now we can share raid healing duty with other classes fairly.
Confusing stats. Cataclysm isn't here yet. As with every other class the stat weightings that determine each ones usefulness compared to the others shifts and changes depending on spec and gear. The basic breakdowns however are easily accessible here http://elitistjerks.com/f31/t29453-combat_ratings_level_80_a/ so you can make some form of informed decision on your gear, ignore the math, focus on the numbers in the tables. Can't wait for cataclysm!
Power Infusion...what's power infusion?
Hang up the plow and the pitch fork. Roll playing a farmer won't make you any gold. Instead play the auction house, buy materials cheap. use your professions to craft useful in demand items, sell. You can also get out that smite button or shadow spec and complete some dailies, run the daily dungeons, complete daily profession quests, gather materials, etc.
There you have it! Roll a Priest! They're exceptionally strong healers! Try having some fun as Shadow instead! I hear their leveling game is much more enjoyable. I mean, they do melt faces. Alternatively, try playing a Warlock! True, they're based on DOTs and direct damage like priests, fear like priests, can't heal, and sure they're the same spell type for the most part, but they can use fire if specced right! But Priests? Oh man, they're so hard to manage and maintain because we're special unique flowers, just like every one else.
Note: With the exception of the original artical, all the points were made with complete seriousness.
Aug 14th 2009 9:59PM Starfire under wrath eclipse is called a solar rotation, as opposed to a lunar rotation. Not taking into account tier set bonuses, the solar rotation provides a higher dps output when you have 400 haste or more, this is due to wrath clipping with the gcd during lunar eclipse procs with that much haste.
Aug 3rd 2009 9:16PM This hasn't been the case for a long time.